As Of Right Now – The Yankees Are A Mess For 2015: End Of The Year ‘State Of The Union’
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Let me get this straight…The ‘Bronx Bombers’ have missed the playoff for 2 years straight and no one has lost their jobs? Man how times have changed in Yankees land.
If George Steinbrenner were alive still right now, the twitter and social media world would be trending his name for all of October.
Since when is it acceptable to miss the playoffs, underachieve and spend to the best payroll in the American League?
Firing Kevin Long is not going to solve the hit crisis the club has.
Before any of you throw daggers at our site, we have had this stance for a couple of years now.
The 1st mistake was to not get under the Luxury Tax Threshold this season. That was soon followed by inking Brett Gardner to a 4 Year Deal, when you have such a similar player in the Outfield like Jacoby Ellsbury.
Lets be clear here, both guys are great professionals, however, to have them both on the same squad makes you to one-sided in your offense.
The GM Brian Cashman spent $503 MIL on player salaries last season. to lose one less game this most recent campaign.
I will not belabor the point of the team not having Starting Pitching for the opening day, as I fully agree with the Masahiro Tanaka signing, and if he goes under the knife for Tommy John Surgery, that is a bit of bad luck.
The team is constructed of over the hill talent, that has underperformed in Manhattan,
While I love the postseason career history of Carlos Beltran, I am not sure he makes your team any better than the previous Curtis Granderson, and he is definitely more prone to injury. For the record, those two make the same Annual Average Salary for their respective deals (Beltran 3 YRs/$45 MIL and Granderson – 4 YRs/$60 MIL).
Swapping out Robinson Cano, for the equivalent of McCann and Ellsbury does make sense in a 2 for 1 swap. The former Atlanta Catcher looked better in the 2nd half, and Ellsbury has a decent season.
The problem was the Gardner extension of 4 YRs/$54 ML deal is a classic Yankees overpay. It is a guarantee that either he or Ellsbury will miss a huge chunk of play in the next 4 years. It is their history. Throw in a unhealty Beltran, and the limits of the roster beyond the grass will be tested.
Hindsight is 20/20, but the minute you dotted the line on a deal with Ellsbury. you should have been braced to let Gardner go.
The Minor League System has barely given this team any replenishment for the 1 – 15 top Roster Players of this squad. This is a major key component in keeping the cost down of your yearly payroll.
The New York AL squad is in a 50% penalty forever as it sits.
The Yankees granted Brian Cashman with a 3 Year Extension, but what the hell has he done?
Great. He pulled off a few decent mid-season player trades for the likes of Brandon McCarthy, Chase Headley and Martin Prado,…Big deal.. McCarthy and Headley are Free Agents right now, and Prado is another player that doesn’t possess much power.
Prado will actually help the team in going forward, but it will come at a cost at $11 MIL for the multi positional player.
The only time the Yankees have made the World Series since 2003, was the 2009 squad that made it, based on Cashman spending about $425 MIL on CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and A.J. Burnett. Those deals help carve out a 2009 trophy, however all of those deals have cost a bundle in the last 2 – 3 years of each individual deal.
Burnett was shipped to the Pirates, with the Yankees eating $21 MIL of the last $33 MIL for the years of 2012 and 2013. Campaigns where the RHP was a great chucker for the Pirates.
Texeira is barely hanging on to a starting position at 1B, with Cashman threatening to play Alex Rodriguez at the spot.
The Yankees spending that kind of dough is the price of doing business. I get that. The club is still on the hook for $64 MIL over the next 3 years for the 39 Year Old A-Rod next year.
Don’t forget “Cash” wanted no part of the Alfonso Soriano deal in 2013, although the guy played at an MVP caliber clip for his stint last year, before flaming out in 2014. Soriano wasn’t paid out very much by the team anyway.
So what does the Yankees GM need to have happen in 2015?
The whole year is shot if Tanaka has to have Tommy John Surgery. It will cripple the franchise for 18 months if this is the case. I still would have done the contract for the Japanese Star, as there is no other New York can have a mid twenties superstar – except for buying him through Free Agency.
The team needs to sign 2 Starting Pitchers: I would offer McCarthy the qualifying offer, and hope he accepts it. For the safety of it, I would offer the same to Hiroki Kuroda, and make sure if he stays in the MLB next year, that you are compensated for it.
The team still needs an ace. I would just forget about the cash, and pay Max Scherzer whatever he wants. Be prepared to pay 7 YRs/$170 – $180 MIL.
I don’t think the club will be able to lure Jon Lester, and I believe he is WrigleyVille bound anyway.
James Shields has shown some cracks in the armor – and I would take a pass.
Maybe the franchise should take a 1 year gamble on Justin Masterson, although it may not be enough to seal the deal for him.
I would also extend the qualifying offer to Headley, and take advantage of the system. At 1 YR/$15 MIL, it may be worth it to risk that amount if he can find his stride. Besides, an offer like that may see him on the sideline like Stephen Drew or Kendrys Morales.
Alex Rodriguez will be given a shot to play 3B/1B or DH. Chances are they will probably need his bat in 2015.
The Yankees should take a run at Asdrubal Cabrera, and stick him at SS for the next 4 – 5 years. This team needs a serious upgrade on defense – and he didn’t exactly light it up in his walk year for the Nationals and Indians..
I like using Martin Prado at 2B, or even the OF or 3B if necessary.
Whether you like it or not, the team is stuck with Ellsbury, Gardner and Beltran in the OF. You may lean on your system for a 4th OF, or a cheap Free Agent hitter.
I believe McCann will be much better in his 2nd year with the Pinstripers.
Hopefully Ivan Nova will come back at some point in 2015, and this will lengthen the Bullpen. You still have guys like Adam Warren, Preston Claiborne, Josh Outman, Shane Greene and David Huff that are cheap options.
Go the Baltimore Orioles method, and find some more pitchers from within. Don’t spend money on the late inning guys until your offensive ducks are in order.
The allocation of where the team spends it money will be the most important assessments of where the franchise is headed,
Presently the payroll sits at $170 MIL for about 17 players. For the team to compete it will need to spend $70 MIL more to acquire the other 8 guys they will need to fill out the roster,
Bringing in 8 – 10 players every year is hard to help the team gel. Last year, Cashman singed 10 Free Agents over the winter, and many of them struggled in the 1st half.
This team is old and frail, and reside in the toughest Division to compete in.
Sabathia is paid for the next 2 years at a minimum of $53 MIL left. If the LHP can remain healthy, but pitch poorly, a 2017 Vesting Option kicks in for $25 MIL worth of cash in 2017.
The Yanks still have to dole out $22.5 MIL for 2015 and 2016 for Texeira’s services too.
This means the last 3 guys will rake in about $70 MIL a year in 2015 – 2016, and potentially not help the club very much. Add in the likely Tommy John procedure for Tanaka, and we are over $90 MIL..Ouch.
To say this team is not dealing with a hot mess is just denying what is really happening here.
For the best articles we have written on this subject in the last 3 months, just check out the next 2 links.
So since Cashman has been extended until 2017, he fully needs to have his best winter as a GM since 2008, and if they club misses playoffs again in 2015 ( a likely occurrence) I wonder if the axe will finally fall.
If he isn’t dismissed after that, the Steinbrenner’s should sell the team.
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